Man killed in overnight shooting on Woodman Park

Updated: 12/29/2013 11:58 PM
Created: 12/29/2013 9:00 AM WHEC.com
By: Chalonda Roberts

A city man is dead, after police say he was shot multiple times on the city's north side Sunday morning.

The shooting happened on Woodman Park off Culver Road around 2 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived on scene, they found a 50-year-old Rochester man with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Rural/Metro where he later died.

This mark's Rochester's 40th homicide of the year and is the latest in a string violence in the area.

A day earlier, the Citizens Bank was robbed on Waring Road and Friday night there was a triple shooting at a house party on Norton Village Lane.  All of these incidents occurred within a mile of each other.

This latest homicide on Woodman Park has people in that neighborhood wondering what the Mayor-elect plans to do about the high volume of crime in the city of Rochester. News10NBC spoke with Mayor-elect Lovely Warren Sunday and she said a plan is already being implemented.

Shelly Widlanski describes her neighborhood as a safe and quiet area of the city.

“The best way to describe it is, it's  Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. We all know each other. We all speak to each other. My neighbor takes my dog out. It's a really safe place to live and it's right here,” said Widlanski.

Widlanski says right here, referring to the recent homicide across the street from her house. Her neighbor has been living on the street nearly 30 years. He said there has never been a murder so close to home. He hopes it's an isolated incident.

“It doesn't matter where you go, you're going to find the same issues.  I guess it's for the police and the new mayor to do something about it,” said Pat Encina, who lives nearby.

Mayor-elect Lovely Warren lives on the same street where the homicide happened. She said she's concerned about crime in the entire city, not just in her neighborhood. Warren said her interim police chief is already working on a plan to reduce crime. She believes a lot of the shootings and murders stem from drug activity.

“I think it's about putting pressure on people, making it not so easy to hang on the corner and sell drugs and have this open air drug market that's going on,” said Warren.

To shut down the drug market, Warren said there will be more police drug details on street corners, but she said police can't do it alone. They need help from the community.

“If that means arresting people then it means doing that, but of course, again, getting those tips from the community that this is a hot drug spot, they are selling drugs, this is where they are hiding the drugs, that type of information is valuable to our officers,” said Warren.

It's information that's valuable to officers and to keeping quiet neighborhoods like Widlanski's safe.

“The biggest issue we had was that a car got broken into a few years ago. It's a really good safe little street,” Widlanski said.

Warren said she believes increasing police detail and getting tips from  the community is a first step to  reducing crime. She says the next step to reducing crime is addressing poverty.

Warren noted recently Rochester was listed as the fifth poorest city in the country. She said sometimes a life of poverty can lead to a life of crime, because some people feel they don't have an alternative.

As for the homicide on Woodman Park, police need your help. If anyone has any information they are asked 911.


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